Iowa Reports One Positive COVID-19 Test In Athletic Department For Last Week

John Bohnenkamp

Iowa reported one positive COVID-19 test and 19 negative tests within the athletic department last week, according to a statement released Monday.

A total of 533 tests have been conducted within the athletic department — athletes, coaches and staff — since the May 29 return-to-campus process began. Twenty-seven positives (5.1 percent) have been reported.

The protocols for a positive test include contact tracing procedures, isolation for the individuals who test positive, and quarantine for those individuals who might have been exposed to someone with the virus.

Iowa does not release the breakdown of the numbers for athletes, coaches and staff.

Iowa's campus, including the athletic department, closed in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes, coaches and staff returned, and voluntary workouts began on June 8.

Iowa has not released its fall sports schedules since the Big Ten elected to have just conference-only competitions for those seasons.

A statement from the Big Ten said that by limiting itself to league games only, "the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic."

“We fully support the actions being taken by the Big Ten Conference, knowing that the health, safety, and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff is the top priority," Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said in a statement. "The past few months have entailed numerous conversations between my conference colleagues, Commissioner Warren and our Big Ten presidents, as we have worked to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic.

"The uncertainties have been difficult on our student-athletes and coaches and I appreciate their continued understanding of the situation. I am grateful for our fans who are also waiting for direction. While many uncertainties still exist, today’s decision will provide the greatest amount of flexibility as we move forward.”

The Big Ten also announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports that are allowed to have workouts.

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